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Hercules Powder Company calendar illustrations and Laflin and Rand display cards

Accession 1973.295

Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
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[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Hercules Powder Company calendar illustrations and Laflin and Rand display cards (Accession 1973.295), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Hercules Powder Company calendar illustrations and Laflin and Rand display cards
Dates: circa 1901-1920
Accession Number: 1973.295
Creator: Fuller, A.D. (Arthur Davenport), 1889-1966.; Hercules Powder Company.; Hoskins, Gayle, 1887-1962.; Laflin and Rand Powder Company.; Price, Norman.
Extent: 15 items
Physical Description: 1 item : calendar ; 29.75 x 13 in. 2 items : calendar illustrations ; 19.75. x 13 in. 12 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
Location: AA-10 (.1) DF Box 1004 (.2 -.3) GL Box 2 (.4-.15)
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Abstract: The Hercules Powder Co. was one of companies created from the break up of the E.I. du Pont de Nemours "powder trust" in 1911 as ruled by a U.S. Supreme Court decision. The Laflin and Rand Powder Company, one of the largest gunpowder manufacturers in the nineteenth century, was formed from several predecessor companies, including the Laflin Powder Company and the Smith & Rand Powder Company. This collection consists of a Hercules Powder Company calendar from 1919 and an undated illustration from a company calendar. There are also reproductions of a group of three different display card advertisements for Laflin & Rand Powder Company, probably for point-of-sale or counter display.
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Administrative Information


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Historical Note

The Hercules Powder Co. was one of companies created from the break up of the E.I. du Pont de Nemours "powder trust" in 1911 as ruled by a U.S. Supreme Court decision. In its early years as a separate company, it continued to produce explosives and dynamite and used advertising styles and devices (calendars and advertisments) similar to the DuPont Company.

The Laflin and Rand Powder Company, one of the largest gunpowder manufacturers in the nineteenth century, was formed from several predecessor companies, including the Laflin Powder Company and the Smith & Rand Powder Company. The entire capital stock of the company was acquired by DuPont Company interests in October of 1902, and Laflin and Rand merged into DuPon in 1909.

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Scope and Content

This collection consists of a Hercules Powder Company calendar from 1919. It features one color illustration captioned, "Bagged in France," a World War One image featuring a woman in a chair and a hunter holding a German helmet shipped from France. There are two other incomplete Hercules Company calendars with only the top prints. One of these, "A Surprise Party" was probably from 1920 and shows a World War One soldier coming home to a dog with puppies. These two were the works of artist A.D. Fuller. Another Fuller work, "Not This Trip, Old Pal," also from the World War One era is found in separate Pictorial Collection accession.

The other undated Hercules Powder Company calendar illustration, "Clearing the Field," shows a dynamite being blasted in a field and a hunting party with frightened dogs nearby. The artist is Gayle Hoskins.

The collection also includes reproductions of a group of three different display card advertisements for Laflin & Rand Powder Company, probably for point-of-sale or counter display. The first group represents shooting in the four seasons, and each features a boy with a shotgun and game birds he has shot. The second group also represent shooting in the four seasons, but each features an individual "Gibson Girl" style woman with a shotgun and gamebirds (snipe, woodcock,ducks, ruffed grouse) she has shot. The third group represents four American military men (a naval officer, 1st sergeant infantry, an artillery officer, 1st class gunners mate). The back sides of these cards were not copied.

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Access Points

Advertising--Gunpowder.
Advertising.
Calendar art.
Calendars.
Dynamite.
Game and game-birds.
Hunting--Equipment and supplies.
Military uniforms.
World War, 1914-1918--Art and the war.
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